08 July 2015

UGANDA : Our Saviour Want to Add UCU to Slain Giants

Kampala — The Airtel National Basketball League (ANBL) second round tips off Friday but Our Saviour and UCU Canons do not renew acquaintances until Sunday.
And when Our Saviour travel to UCU, their former home until the latter's junior side were bought following promotion to the top division; they will be looking to improve their 6-5 first round record.
More so, American coach Martin Kelly's side will be looking to adding UCU Canons to the list of giants that have fallen at the newcomers' hands.
Syrus Kiviri, a former Ndjejje, Warriors, UCU and Falcons shooting guard, was the executioner in chief as Our Saviour beat Falcons and City Oilers 75-53 and 70-53 respectively in the first round. The impressive guard made 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals to subject Oilers to a 9-2 first round record.
Play-off target
In the earlier victory over Falcons, Kiviri - who together with Stephen Mwesige 'Duxx', Moses Okwera, Belton Kirabo, Ivyes Kalambayi and their coach Kelly were coming up against their former team - scored a game high 24 points.
As he comes up against his other ex-employers on Sunday, Kiviri, 27, sees no reason why they cannot put up a performance to bring down another giant in UCU (9-2), who they lost to in the initial leg.
"We want to win," Kiviri told Daily Monitor, "Although every win is important, tipping off the second round with victory is necessary.
"UCU are a very organized side just like us. In the first round we started very well against them but in the third quarter we collapsed. We just have to keep the concentration."
Despite standing tall especially in victories over Oilers and Falcons, Kiviri's unpredictable shooting has characterized some inconsistencies in his game.
"That is the area I am not happy with," he admitted, "I'm not shooting well. I need to shoot better. Everyone (most) in the league is struggling to shoot, I don't know why."
But Kiviri and his team need to figure out why if they are to achieve their play-offs target. They also need to beat their 'equals'.
"Definitely," he said, "A play-off spot is our target. We are working harder to improve our defence and also execute well, not just against the so called big teams but every team."
Airtel National Basketball League
Sunday, 6pm at UCU
UCU Canons vs Our Saviour

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